Genre: Realistic Fiction
It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.
A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.
This book was about a girl with divorced parents. Her parents were highly educated and her mother was an overachiever. Her father was not as successful as her mother which later lead to their divorce. (Her father always felt inadequate next to the mother).
This book took place in the summer where Auden took the opportunity to stay with her father, her step-mother, and her new, baby, half-sister.
At first, Auden was skeptical (yet somehow helpful at the same time). She didn't quite fit in, in the small town, but she eventually found herself to feel quite comfortable because of her new friends--including a handsome loner who spends the nights awake, just like her.
This is the summer that Auden found herself. She understood who she was as a person, what her priorities were, and what really mattered in the end.
I really enjoyed this book. In the beginning, I found it to be a bit bland and slow, but quite soon afte,r I was really captured by the story.
At first, I was a bit annoyed with Auden because she was quite judgmental of Heidi's boutique and its workers. But as Auden evolved, my love for her did too. She was a lovely protagonist.
I really enjoyed this book but I find that the main theme of this story was very similar to 'Keeping the Moon' by Sarah. Dessen. Ah well, I enjoyed this all the same.
Dislikes: Auden's dad really annoyed me at times, but at least he pulled through. He was an alright character.